10 Gardens BC Members Receive Canada 150 Garden Experience Designations

By Scott McDonald

Mar 14
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150 garden ways to celebrate Canada 150, and 16 are found in Super, Natural British Columbia!

In celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial, the Canadian Garden Council in collaboration with the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, unveiled 150 jury-selected gardens and garden experiences that have received the Canada 150 Garden Experience designation, 16 of which are located in British Columbia, at the International Garden Tourism Conference, in Toronto today.

Tourism is the world’s fourth largest industry, and one of BC’s most important; and garden tourism is a significant part of it. In his 2013 book, Garden Tourism, Dr. Richard Benfield said, “More people visit gardens in the United States than go to Disneyland and Disney World combined, and more than visit Las Vegas annually, making garden tourism one of the largest sectors in the tourism market.”

The 10 members of Gardens British Columbia received the Canada 150 Garden Experience designation are:

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver

Milner Gardens and Woodland, Qualicum Beach

Minter Country Gardens, Chilliwack

Nitobe Memorial Japanese Garden, Vancouver

Royal Roads University and Hatley Park, Colwood

The Butchart Gardens, Brentwood Bay

The Gardens at the HCP, District of Saanich

Tofino Botanical Gardens, Tofino

UBC Botanical Garden, Vancouver

VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver

Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden Canada 150

Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden Canada 150

Hatley Gardens wins a Canada 150 garden award

Royal Roads University gardeners pose in the Italian garden with their Canada 150 award

The other BC gardens to receive this prestigious Canada 150 designation are:

Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants, Richmond

Abbortsford Tulip Festival, Abbotsford

Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens, Courtenay

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, Vancouver

Abkhazi Garden, Victoria

Government House Gardens, Victoria

St. Ann’s Academy National Historic Site, Victoria

Congratulations to all the winners! For more information on BC gardens, see our member gardens page. To find out more about becoming a member of Gardens British Columbia, go to: membership page.

For more information on tourism and destination marketing in British Columbia, see Destination BC. The official Canada 150 page of events and activities across Canada can be found here.

See the full list of 150 Garden Experience designations

Update: It’s been quite a year for British Columbia Gardens! The Butchart Gardens was named World Tulip Garden for 2017 in October! Garden tourism is the fastest growing tourism sector in the world and British Columbia’s gardens are among the world’s most sought out. These awards and others only confirm that the garden sector in BC is not only up to the task, but leading the world in gardens destination marketing. When the visitor to British Columbia is looking for things to do on Vancouver Island or things to do in Vancouver, or things to see in Victoria, BC gardens are a top choice.









About the Author

Digital strategist, destination marketer, and garden tourism enthusiast, Scott can be found searching out the next offering on the BC Ale Trail or discovering something unique about a garden and then writing about it. Previously a digital marketer at The Butchart Gardens and Canada 150 Community Leader for the City of Colwood; he is a member of Garden Communicators International, sits on the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society | ビクトリア日系文化協会 board, and co-edits the Victoria NIKKEI FORUM, their bilingual Japanese-English newsletter. In his spare time he volunteers in his community of Colwood, at the Victoria Cool Aid Society, and recently accepted a position on the board of the Colwood Garden Society.